Wednesday, February 4, 2015

State of the Hobby


There has always been debate among the various "factions" in Gunpla's hobby community, comprising modelers and hobbyists like you and I, each with our preferences, idiosyncrasies and of course opinions. 

We have the purists who engage in every conceivable form of modification and/or customisation for their works: from seam line removal to metalizing every nook and cranny of the internal frame. We also have the straight builders, with an onus on quantity, preferring to complete as many model as possible. Then we have the casual builders, like yours truly, who just want to have nicer, more unique models that I can truly call my own to display in my mini-museum at home.

But whichever segment you fall into, it is important to enjoy the hobby, to enjoy what you are doing. Yes, you can build a model out of the box and call it a day, or you can spend months on a single part and only see the completed masterpiece after an eternity. At the end of the day, the finished product is yours and yours alone - every nub mark, every misplaced decal, every accidental smudging of the paint job is testament to the sweat, blood and tears that have been poured into this little plastic construct standing proudly before you.

No one can stop you from doing what you want to your own Gunpla, because life is already hard as it is. Do what you wish, modify as you deem fit, customise as much as your imagination can muster and produce the finest Gunpla you yourself have ever seen.

Because Gunpla is freedom.